Qatargas Operating Company Limited and Gasal Q.S.C, the joint venture between Air Liquide, Qatar Petroleum and Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company, have announced a new gas supply agreement.

The deal, announced by Qatargas earlier this summer, covers the supply of gaseous nitrogen, through Gasal’s pipeline in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar.

The gaseous nitrogen delivered to Qatargas is supplied through a 5km pipeline network from the ‘YangoO2’ air separation unit (ASU), owned and operated by Gasal. This new ASU was built in a record time of 15 months and was commissioned in December 2010.

Gasal’s nitrogen pipeline network has been initiated to safely and reliably service the existing and future end-users in Ras Laffan. During the last few weeks, Gasal has been able, through its safe, reliable and uninterrupted supply of gaseous nitrogen, to play a key role in one of Qatargas’ successful planned maintenance programmes.

Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, CEO of Qatargas, said of the agreement, “We are proud to be associated with one of the important players in the energy sector like Gasal who provide industrial gases to the oil, gas and chemical downstream industries in Qatar.”

“This example of cooperation and the subsequent synergy is one of the reasons behind our success and the success of Qatar’s energy sector, under the guidance of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry of the State of Qatar and Chairman of the Board of Qatargas.”

Christian Last, CEO of Gasal, added, “Gasal successfully completed the first phase on its nitrogen pipeline system in Ras Laffan Industrial City. The first 5km are only the beginning of a Ras Laffan wide network, which will be constructed in support of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the further industrial establishment.”

“Today, we are proud of having connected Qatargas to our system that offers the safest, most reliable and cost effective supply solution.”

Source: Qatargas press release